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Former Sioux City baseball player J.D. Scholten to run for Congress in Iowa’s 4th

Des Moines Register

A former independent-league baseball player from Sioux City will challenge U.S. Rep. Steve King in Iowa’s 4th District.

J.D. Scholten, a Democrat, announced his candidacy on Tuesday, pledging to rise above divisive politics and promote “hard work, civility and community.”

“I want to put Iowa values back at the center of public service, create new opportunities for Iowa’s middle class, and ensure that Iowans never again need to worry about healthcare as a barrier to living free, productive, and successful lives,” he said in a statement.

Scholten, 37, was a baseball player at Morningside College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and later played for the semi-pro Sioux City Explorers, among other teams. Between seasons and since retiring from baseball, he’s worked as a paralegal.

He’s running in Iowa’s most heavily Republican congressional district against King, an eight-term incumbent Republican known for strident and controversial remarks on immigration and race.

Scholten’s comments regarding civility are clearly meant to draw a contrast with King, who has suggested, among other controversy-courting statements, that Muslim immigration into western countries amounts to “cultural suicide.”

Scholten received immediate support on Tuesday from Kim Weaver, the Democratic nominee in the district in 2016 who announced a 2018 candidacy earlier this year but then withdrew.

Weaver endorsed Scholten in an email to her supporters and asked them to contribute to his campaign. She’s also sitting on almost $136,000 in campaign funds, which she has said she wants to use to support a challenger to King.

A top aide from Weaver’s campaign is now Scholten’s political director.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2017/07/25/former-sioux-city-baseball-player-j-d-scholten-run-congress-iowas-4th/509819001/

Sioux City Democrat J.D. Scholten Announces Candidacy for U.S. House Seat Against Steve King

PRESS RELEASE

SIOUX CITY, IA – Sioux City Democrat J.D. Scholten formally announced his bid today to run against incumbent Steve King for the U.S. House seat in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District. Scholten said about his decision to enter the race:

I’m running for Congress because the 4th District deserves someone who truly represents the people of this district. Like most Americans, I am sick and tired of how divisive politics in this country has become, and how divorced it is from people’s lives. I was raised to believe that hard work, civility, and community are the values we should all aspire to, and I’m committed to bringing the same values and a new energy to this campaign. The 4th needs a voice that cares more about building our district’s future than it does about dividing us apart.

It’s going to take a unified effort to defeat Steve King and restore the voice of the people — our government is supposed to work for the people that live in this district, not for special interests and the privileged elite. I want to put Iowa values back at the center of public service, create new opportunities for Iowa’s middle class, and ensure that Iowans never again need to worry about healthcare as a barrier to living free, productive, and successful lives.

I look forward to being on the campaign trail everyday, meeting voters, listening to their concerns, and earning their support.

J.D. Scholten, a 5th generation Iowan, was born in Ames and raised in Sioux City. He played baseball for Morningside College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he graduated with a degree in World/American History, with a minor in Film Studies. After graduating, J.D. pursued a baseball career that allowed him to play in seven different countries. Between baseball seasons, J.D. began a career as a litigation paralegal, specializing in eDiscovery, Intellectual Property law and trials—a career that taught him the ins-and-outs of the law, good governance, and how to fight for people’s rights. He currently works as a freelance paralegal and technical consultant. J.D. is a lifelong Democrat who protested the Iraq war and has volunteered on local, state, and national campaigns.

J.D.’s full bio can be found on his campaign website HERE. Team Scholten will be releasing an official campaign kickoff video and announcing a kickoff event in the coming days.